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Brian Simpson

Brian Simpson was born in Leigh, the United Kingdom, on 6 February 1953.

Previous assignments

1974–1989: PE teacher in Liverpool

1981–1986: Councillor, Merseyside County Council

1981–1986: Deputy Chair, Liverpool Airport

1987–1991: Councillor, Warrington Borough Council

1987–1989: Deputy Chair of Finance Committee and Chair of the Policy Review Committee, Warrington Borough Council

1989–1999: Member of the European Parliament, representing Cheshire East

1991-2004: Socialist Group Spokesperson for Transport and Tourism

1992–1994: Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Republics of (former) Yugoslavia

1994–1999: Chair of the Delegation for relations with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway

1997–2004: Chair of the Performance and Policy Review, PPS to the Deputy Prime Minister

1999–2004: Member of the European Parliament, representing the North West Region

2004: Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

2004-2006: Director, North West Rail Campaign

2008-2009: Socialist Group Spokesperson for Transport and Tourism

Current tasks

Since 1989: Member of the European Parliament Socialist Group/ Labour Party

Since 2009: Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

Since 2009: Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism

Since 2009: Member of the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand

Since 2009: Substitute of the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community

Since 2009: Member of Conference of Committee Chairs

Since 2006: Substitute of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development 

  • Vice-President of the Heritage Railway Association
  • President of the Warrington, Halton and St. Helens branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Life Governorship of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • President of the Golborne Cricket Club

Decorations: Honorary Colonel by the State of Kentucky (2010); Transport MEP of the year by Parliament Magazine (2010 and 2012) 

On 1st July 2014 Mr Simpson became the European Coordinator for the Motorways of the Sea .

Contact Mr Brian Simpson here.

Missions 2016

  • Participation in the Almedalen Week, 3-4 July 2016, Visby, Sweden

On 3 and 4 July 2016, Brian Simpson, the European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea took part in the Almedalen Week in Visby, Sweden. The Almedalen Week is one of the most important annual Swedish political events with in average 20,000 visitors. This year the maritime policy featured high on the agenda of the Almedalen Week with a dedicated session on the Motorways of the Sea policy. It gathered numerous Swedish maritime industry stakeholders including ship, port owners as well as local authorities exposed to maritime problematic.

Brian Simpson took part in a panel discussion, presenting the EU concept of maritime policy. He focused, in particular, on his recently published Detailed Implementation Plan for the Motorways of the Sea highlighting its major development pillars:
• Environment
• Maritime policy integration into logistic chain
• Sea traffic management
• Safety and training.
In the margin of the event, Brian Simpson held a bilateral meeting with Mr Erik Bromander, State Secretary, Swedish Ministry for Enterprise and Innovation, on the Motorways of the Sea Detailed Implementation Plan.